ABS-CBN’s Kapamilya Channel to air “Hello World” anime film this Holy Week

Sword Art Online franchise director Tomohiko Ito's original anime film screened in Philippine cinemas on October 2019.

Philippine media company ABS-CBN has announced on Friday that the 2019 anime film Hello World will be airing on Kapamilya Channel this Holy Week.

The anime film will make its Philippine television premiere on Maundy Thursday, April 14, at 06:00am. It’s not yet known if the program will be streamed on iWant TFC, the company’s in-house streaming platform.

This will also be the first time the channel’s three-day Holy Week schedule will not include a full anime film lineup, unlike previous years, as Western animated films “Cinderella and the Secret Prince” and “Playmobil: The Movie” will occupy the same timeslot on Good Friday and Black Saturday, respectively.


© “HELLO WORLD” Production Committee

In Kyoto in the year 2027, Naomi Katagaki, a male high school student encounters a person who claiming to be Naomi from 10 years in the future. Together, they must change the future and save a classmate, Ruri, whom the younger Naomi starts to date in three months. (Synopsis from Anime News Network)

Hello World is an original anime film by Sword Art Online franchise director Tomohiko Ito, who also served as the film’s director, which is produced by anime studio Graphinica.

Mado Nozaki, who is the scriptwriter for the 2017 sci-fi drama anime Kado – The Right Answer, written the film’s screenplay, while K-ON! chief animation director Yukiko Horiguchi handled the character designs.


Hello World opened in Japanese cinemas on 20 September 2019, which sold about 156,000 tickets and earned a total of JP¥212 million (about PHP88 million) in its opening weekend, where it ranked at #6.

The film had made a total of JP¥600 million (about PHP249 million) during its entire run in Japan.

Philippines film distributor Pioneer Films released the anime film in Philippine cinemas on October 2019, which ran for about two weeks.